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Oklahoma junior S Will Sunderland turned himself in on Tuesday for a felony second-degree burglary charge.

He was released after posting a bond of $5,000. Sunderland is alleged to have stolen a PlayStation 4, controllers and games from a dorm room housing Sooner baseball players, and then selling them to an Oklahoma City business. He previously turned himself in on a misdemeanor charge for possession of stolen property. Sunderland remains suspended from the Sooners until his legal status clears up.
Jun 28 - 6:27 PM

Scout.com's Blair Anguilo writes that Oklahoma four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Spencer Rattler "could be a perfect fit for what the Sooners hope to continue in their spread offense under [HC Lincoln] Riley."

"Rattler can get the ball out quick and efficiently but, if nothing is there, has the athleticism to still hurt defenses," Anguilo writes. The 6-foot, 165-pounder is also sneaky adept at working outside of the pocket and has shown a penchant for creativity when plays break down on him. Scout.com ranks Rattler as the No. 51 prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 27 - 8:20 PM

Rivals' Paul Strelow passes along that Clemson remains in communication with Oklahoma four-star 2018 verbal RB commit T.J. Pledger.

Strelow writes that Pledger "might be even more inclined to look around with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ departure." This is one that we would imagine Tigers HC Dabo Swinney would love to flip -- particularly given five-star RB Zamir White's commitment to Georgia earlier on Tuesday. Clemson was in dogged pursuit of White earlier in the cycle before Georgia gained momentum for the commitment. Pledger ranks as Rivals' No. 46 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 7:04 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Spencer Rattler.

Rattler (6'0/165) ranks as 247Sports' No. 2 pro-style quarterback for the 2019 cycle. Outlet analyst Steve Wiltfong offers up a nice scouting report on the Phoenix native, noting that he "moves extremely well and is accurate with the football while running to his right or left" and "has a knack for extending plays and is always looking downfield for an open receiver." Rattler is the second commitment HC Lincoln Riley has landed in the 2019 class, joining four-star TE Austin Stogner. The Sooners have had no issues landing pledges since Riley took over for the retiring Bob Stoops earlier this month.
Jun 27 - 5:58 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Austin Stogner.

While Sooners HC Lincoln Riley has already made headway with the 2018 recruiting class since taking over for Bob Stoops, Stogner (6'7/230) represents the program's first pledge for the 2019 cycle. Scout.com's Greg Powers writes of the newest baby Sooner, "He splits out more often than not, but shows good in-line skills and and shows good feet in the open field securing blocks on linebackers on the second level as an H-back." When the major recruiting outlets release their 2019 rankings, Stogner figures to be up there as one of the top tight end prospects in the class.
Jun 23 - 6:13 PM

Oklahoma junior S Will Sunderland was charged with felony burglary on Wednesday.

Sunderland is alleged to have stolen a Playstation 4, controllers and games from a dorm room housing Sooner baseball players and then selling them to an Oklahoma City business. He was originally charged with a misdemeanor for selling the electronics. Oklahoma has placed Sunderland on indefinite suspension.
Jun 22 - 2:38 PM

Updating a previous item, Oklahoma junior S Will Sunderland is charged with selling two gaming consoles plus games from a residence hall for student-athletes.

Sunderland is not charged with stealing the items. He sold them on March 15 and was charged on June 15. He was suspended immediately.
Source: News OK
Jun 21 - 10:49 AM

Oklahoma signed HC Lincoln Riley to a five-year contract.

The deal, which starts in July, would keep Riley at Oklahoma through January 31, 2022, if he stays for the duration. His base salary is set at $3.1 million and includes a $200,000 raise for February 1 of each year on the contract and a retention bonus of $500,000 at the start of each June. Riley, who was named head coach when Bob Stoops retired on June 7, is already off to the races on the recruiting front, having netted three pledges since ascending to the top of the Sooners coaching ladder.
Jun 20 - 8:53 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Tavien Thomas.

If there has been any negative fallout in terms of Bob Stoops' abrupt retirement, we have yet to see it on the recruiting front. Sooners HC Lincoln Riley has already flipped four-star DE Ron Tatum from Texas and now adds Thomas. He is up to three fresh commitments since taking over for Stoops. Thomas (6'2, 225 pounds) ranks as Scout.com's No. 256 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. The outlet notes that "[t]his is one of the top power runners in the Midwest," adding that Thomas "loves to run over people." He could stand to add a little more shake 'n' bake to his game over the next year-plus.
Jun 20 - 5:53 PM

Oklahoma indefinitely suspended junior S Will Sunderland for a misdemenor charge of concealing stolen property.

Sunderland only played 159 defensive snaps for the Sooners last season, but a larger role was potentially there heading into the 2017 season. The Sooners already lacked depth at the position, so a player like Will Johnson might shift from linebacker to safety in order to fill in the gaps.
Jun 20 - 11:02 AM

Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing.

Mayfield reached a plea bargain last week wherein he paid $480 in fines for the three charges (he also owes $483.20 in restitution) in exchange for prosecutors dropping a resisting arrest charge. Oklahoma announced last week that Mayfield must complete an alcohol-education course and complete 35 hours of community service before the fall semester as punishment for his arrest. The 2016 Heisman finalist will not face a suspension for the incident.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 1:22 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Marcelias Sutton scored a touchdown and gained 63 yards on 10 carries in the spring game.

"You watch him and he just runs angry," quarterback Baker Mayfield said. "And it's fun to watch because he doesn't quit until it's over, so he's always fighting for the extra yards." Sutton, a four-star JUCO transfer who collected 2,004 all-purpose yards over two seasons at Lackawanna College, enters the summer as a backup to Abdul Adams and Rodney Anderson. With Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon gone, the Sooners have plenty of carries to divvy around.
Jun 16 - 1:22 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield must complete an alcohol education program and perform 35 hours of community service as punishment from the university following his February arrest.

Arrested on Feb. 25 in Fayetteville, Ark., Mayfield was charged with public intoxication, fleeing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Mayfield must complete the school's disciplinary requirements before the fall semester begins. From a college football perspective, the upshot to this news is that he won't be suspended. "As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team," Mayfield said. "I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position." Mayfield threw for 3,965 yards and a 40/8 TD/INT ratio with a completion rate of nearly 71 percent last year. He's a Heisman frontrunner.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 1:35 PM

Oklahoma hired Virginia DL coach Ruffin McNeill to the same position.

This is a cool story about an apprentice-made-good who repaid his mentor. New OU HC Lincoln Riley and McNeill coached together at Texas Tech from 2007-09. When McNeill was hired as coach of East Carolina, he hired Riley as his offensive coordinator. Riley served in that function from 2010-14 before moving on to Norman. McNeill is set to share DL coaching duties with Calvin Thibodeaux.
Jun 14 - 4:05 PM

Texas four-star 2018 verbal DE commit Ron Tatum flipped to Oklahoma.

First big fish to land for freshly-minted Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley. And from a Big 12 rival who has been rolling on the recruiting front this cycle, at that. Rivals ranks Tatum as the No. 152 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Outlet analyst Josh Helmholdt is sky-high on the 6-foot-5, 269-pounder ability to rush the passer at speed. One last note on OU's recruiting -- unlike Tom Herman, who struggled to gain momentum at the end of the 2017 cycle after being hired by the Longhorns, Riley has a full half-year to work with before December's signing period. That runway should prove helpful.
Jun 13 - 5:34 PM


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